Kayaking (River) Kayaking (River)


  • Sep 7
  • 18:00:00
  • Charlottesville


  • Sep 9
  • 22:00:00
  • Gauley River West Virginia


  • Sep 6
  • 18:00:00


  • $20.00


This is a weekend multi-skill level (but not beginner) paddling trip to the Gauley River and “Not Swiss Fest” – which is the relocated version of “Swissfest” (a chill gathering of local VA paddlers that used to take place at the Swiss takeout on the first release weekend every year till the NPS outlawed camping – and has now relocated to a quasi-secret location.

Time’s indicated are when I personally plan to leave/return, additional vehicles may be on slightly different schedule. Put in the Q&A if there’s any specific segments you’d like to paddle, and any schedule constraints. Also indicate if you want to camp with the crew at “Not Swiss Fest” or at someones Cabin/Land, etc.

The crowd at “not swissfest” will have a diverse skill set, and trips on all segments of the Gauley will likely go out Saturday & Sunday. I’ll likely end up paddling the Lower Gauley (LG) one or both days, and the “common adventurers” with qualified resumes can join me on this run. If some strong intermediates sign up and we have enough vehicles, I could be convinced to add the easier Middle Gauley (MG) to my weekend itinerary. The number of first timers that may join on the MG/LG shall depend on the # of experienced boaters available to assist with potential carnage cleanup. Indicate in the Q/A which Gauley segments you’d like to paddle each day.

DISCLAIMER/LEGAL: I am NOT “leading” on any of these rivers, I am only coordinating some logistics and transportation to the river, you are responsible for your own safety and the activities you choose to participate in while on this trip, and you agree to have read and will abide by the American Whitewater Safety Code http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Wiki/safety:start?
Those with the appropriate skills may join me as “Common Adventurers”

Everyone gets waitlisted till I screen your skills, which should include: Reliable combat roll and/or stellar bracing/leaning skills such that you don’t have to roll.

If we have a consolidated enough group then I will get food for the weekend to cover a few meals. If you want to shop for yourself, club will reimburse $8/day if you provide me your receipt. I can also bring my grill and other cooking appliances if anyone wants to use them. Otherwise, bring extra $ for eating out somewhere.

“Not Swissfest” will not not be at: http://tawneyfarm.com/ If you split off and pay to camp elsewhere, get a receipt.

Club Provides: Boats & Gear if you need them, camping gear if you need it.

You Provide: Any paddling and camping gear you already have, rain dances (and rain gear).




Trips Attended: 120 Trips Led: 52

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